Title - 'Final Closure'
Artist - McClinton
Rock music that people can relate to, McClinton, out of New Jersey, is composed of Michael McClinton on vocals, Marcelo Buby on guitars/backup vocals, Gavin Lawrence on guitars/backup vocals, Peter Riot on bass, and Rui Balla on drums. In truth, Final Closure might actually be surprising to their legion of fans, for as much as their heavy rock appeal is still there, so too are now underlying melodies. This new album certainly reveals an AOR-orientated side to them and it's all good.
The first cut is 'Kicked,' a track about being down and out, underneath the boot of a loved one or a friend, before the poppier sound of 'Judged' comes along next. 'Alone in the Cold' is back to the heavier sound, without losing the melody and also includes some solid guitar work from Buby.
Next up is 'Await The Final Fall,' a track that shows the diversity of their musicianship perfectly, as it is a truly wonderful ballad. Depth and vision of lyrics ensure that this track will most certainly be a stand out highlight on their live 2015 tour dates. 'Sorrow,' together with its dueling guitars between Buby and Lawrence is quite brilliant also, and that is backed by the precise guitar vibe of 'The Reason,' the 80's rock/pop sense of 'Road Home,' and then both 'Caught Between' and the title track, 'Final Closure.'
The stunning flow of the gently-paced 'Growing Up' is another highlight of the album, and is followed by the powerhaus 'Crumble,' before the album is rounded out with both 'The Truth' and then, finally, 'In The Back.' For my money, the latter is where Michael McClinton's vocals truly come to the fore, but every fan will definitely find their own favorite here amongst the 13 new tracks.
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